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Energising Summer Colours for the Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton

It’s summertime, and the Captain Cook basks in the sun with zesty yellow and juicy orange ceramic bezels.

| By Rebecca Doulton | 2 min read |

Rado is synonymous with high-tech ceramic, which is used to great effect on its sleek, geometric designs and vintage models alike. Rado’s 1962 Captain Cook dive watch, resurrected in 2017, was given a high-tech plasma ceramic makeover in 2021. Not only did it feature a ceramic case and bracelet, but its dial was also skeletonised to reveal the movement. In this same vein, Rado releases a duet of Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton models with vibrant coloured bezels for some fun in the sun.

The new Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton models come in 43mm navy blue ceramic cases with a height of 14.6mm, a ceramic screw-down crown and 300m water-resistance. Sharing identical specs to these recent iterations – in black, olive green, and a matte blue iteration – the new models inject a bold rush of colour into their bezels.

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It’s worth remembering that Rado’s high-tech ceramic is light, silky to the touch, scratchproof and its colour won’t fade over time. Another virtue of ceramic is that it can take different finishings. Here, for example, the blue high-tech ceramic cases are polished for more radiance. Available with a zesty lemon or a burnt orange ceramic polished insert, the concave 60-minute rotating bezel is engraved with lacquered markers and a triangle at noon with Super-LumiNova.

Beneath the box-shaped sapphire crystal is a view of the nickel-plated movement, itself protected by a blue-tinted sapphire crystal. The polished hour markers with thick inserts of Super-LumiNova are attached to a blue flange and suspended over the movement. The three central hands are also treated with Super-LumiNova. Certain components of the Rado automatic calibre 808, including the golden central wheel bridge and the mainspring in the lower half of the dial, are visible beneath the openworked bridges with their horizontal brushed finish. At noon is Rado’s signature moving anchor symbol with a purple background.

Equipped with the calibre R808, based on Swatch Group’s Powermatic 80, this automatic movement is fitted with a Nivachron anti-magnetic hairspring, beats at 3Hz, delivers a robust 80h power reserve and is wound by an anchor-shaped rotor.

Availability & Price

The new summer-toned Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton models have matching navy blue rubber straps and a blue polished ceramic cover that hides the extendable steel folding clasp. They are limited editions of 262 pieces and retail for CHF 4,300. For more information, please consult

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